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Reimagining the Canadian North: Ken Coates for Inside Policy – MLI

June 26, 2024

This article was adapted from a speech given by Ken Coates, Distinguished Fellow and Director of Indigenous Affairs at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. The event, Linkages Thompson, took place in Thompson, Manitoba, in February 2024.

By Ken Coates, June 26, 2024

In the last two years, Canada has seen yet another of its episodic bursts of Arctic enthusiasm, sparked in this instance by a combination of concern for climate change and Russian aggression capped by the invasion of Ukraine. The conversations are earnest and well-meaning but there seems to be little meat on these Arctic bones at present.

Put simply, Canada has lost sight of the possibilities of the North. The country focuses far more on northern problems, but not with sufficient conviction to making things better. As with the country’s decades-long crisis with drinking water in Indigenous communities, Canadians congratulate themselves for fixing a problem that should not have been allowed to fester in the first place.

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